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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 14, 2014 10:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I reckon you will be pleased with the changes in 8.1.

It allows you deviate more from the Metro interface (though I do like it for the Photo Gallery and the live tiles in Start. The weather application does some neat stuff as well) and live in the standard Windows interface.

The "Start Menu" button in the bottom left also has a right click option that reveals a jump list to a bunch of tools that is quite useful and a "why did it take them this long to add that" sort of thing.

In the Full Screen Start Menu there is a nice little arrow that takes you to the All Apps area and then various sorting options but I just hit the Start key and then type what I want so the search automatically finds it. That works really well.

Not sure if you're an IE guy but I also set that to only use the Desktop version because the full screen implementation is quite awful. That's in IE under Internet Options > Programs tab > Choose How You Open Links > Always in Internet Explorer on the Desktop.

There's your free consultation... Anything further is billable ;p

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 15, 2014 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thanks for the detailed update/advice; much appreciated...

I got over the "YOU must upgrade!" blues some time ago, but I still like to whine, and I really do always just learn the minimum to be able to do what I have to do (and frankly, it is inefficient having to continually change over, but oh well...in a uni setting, it is largely "free"...).

Over the yrs I have gotten nothing but good advice from folks here about puters and software, etc.; it's nice to be able to tap folks, who like you, are always nice about sharing and tailoring for whomever is asking (ie, without being too arrogant, folks generally seem to understand the other folks, like me, being a Luddite, or what have you...).

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I understand folks want to use things till the very end.

Computers are much like cars these days - no one is buying cars to keep it for 10+ years. The darn thing likely won't even last that long.

That aspect is kind of unfortunate but when things change so drastically in tech in very short amounts of time its somewhat unreasonable to expect to not have something adversely affect a system that has been around for 12 years.

Anyway - always glad to help someone have a better computing experience.